Wednesday, November 22, 2017

WWU - Logan's Run 8.9 Miles!

 I'm interpreting this look from Logan to say "Lady, you are a fool for running my birth weight!  Be more like me, just hang out and relax."

I finally got my Logan's Run done on Saturday - as a tradition, we run the birth weight of our new Renegade babies, and when I made my first attempt a couple of weeks ago, I only managed to eek out 6 miles, so I was happy to feel good enough to run all 8.9 miles this go-round.

It was a morning that pretty much defines why we call ourselves the Renegades; we started using that term when we were still with USAFit and didn't like the routes or start times so we would do our own thing.  That carried through to Saturday:  CC and Loretta were out running with Mason in a stroller at 4:00 am; Jeff, Diane, and I started our run at 5:00 am while CC handed Mason off to Loretta and picked up Cary to run; Karen, Andi, and Julia met up at 6:00 am to start their run, while Brian got his run in the previous evening.  Kind of crazy, definitely fun, especially as we'd encounter each other along the route.  I finished my 8.9 miler while Jeff and Diane continued on to hit 11 miles; eventually everyone came in and we had a nice time hanging around the driveway, rehashing our runs.  Last person to arrive was CC - she was doing her longest run to date, 20 miles, and she finished looking great!  She'll be running the BCS Marathon in a few weeks, which will be her first marathon and we'll be there to cheer her on!

I felt pretty good for most of my run, which says a lot considering it was a balmy 72 degrees with 85% humidity - but at least it was windy, so that probably saved all of us from overheating.  Once again, I taped up my ankle, and it didn't start giving me stabby pains until just after mile 8.25, when we started up one of our more steeper hills.  So that was nice.  And my legs felt fine afterward, which hey, after running nearly 9 miles?  I'll take it!
 
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Ankle/foot update:  My ortho visit was interesting.  I had x-rays taken of everything, and it's nice that they have so many years of x-rays to refer back to for comparison.  Good news is that my ortho didn't see anything alarming with my ankle - the joint looked fine.  There was a little "debris" that he could see, but nothing that warranted any concern.  Of course he said I could ease up on running if it continued to hurt...haha, just like I knew.

As for the bone spur on the top of my left foot, ick.  What used to be an upside-down horseshoe-looking thing, made out of bone but with space in the center, is now a solid piece of bone.  My ortho said that I will need to have it removed and fuse the joint at some point in time, but I'm not ready to consider that just yet...honestly, I will probably have to be in near 100% pain before opting for surgery and the ensuing recovery, and I'm nowhere near there.  He did do a steroid injection INTO THE BONE which was an ordeal that involved three needles - one for the lidocaine to numb the area and two because he ended up needing a smaller needle to get through the bone and yes it was as bad as it sounds.  And then my foot hurt for several days afterward, so I'm not sure I'll be doing that again.

Oh, and in the x-rays, he showed me the bone spurs on both of my heels - I knew I had one on my left foot but the right foot is new to me.  So basically I'm just a very spurry person.  Luckily, I haven't really noticed the heel spurs and that's probably due to the fact that I never go barefoot - I wear good flip flops and well-padded shoes and do as much as I can to protect my feet.  I haven't had a bone-density scan, but I can only think that having bone spurs like this must mean that I have nice, dense bones...right?  I have to get something good out of this!

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Tomorrow we are running the local Turkey Trot along with all of our fellow Renegades, which is always a fun event.  I love how low-key this race is; families are there to run and walk and it's just a nice way to start the holiday.  Happy Thanksgiving - I'll be back on Monday with the race recap!

14 comments:

  1. Great job on your long run! That ortho visit sounds awful hope the shot helps with your pain.

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

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    1. Here's hoping the shot effects last for a long time!

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  2. I had a steroid injection in my elbow and it was as bad as you describe. The elbow actually hurt worse for a day or 2 until the pain completely disappeared. It lasted for about a month and wah-wah, it's back.

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    1. Oh no, that's not good that the shot didn't last very long! Sorry to hear this.

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  3. Yay for your awesome Logan's run!

    Did the steroid injection at least help, after all the fiasco to do it?! Gah. You definitely get extra credit for all that extra bone growth ;)

    Have a great turkey trot and Thanksgiving!

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    1. About a week later, I can say that the steroid injection has helped. But argh, that was a lot to go through.

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  4. Happy Thanksgiving and enjoy your trotting!

    I can opt for surgery to remove the hardware in my ankle but I said NO WAY unless I can no longer walk.

    The bottom of my left foot hurts if I walk barefoot or with shoes that have no support so I don't. I don't want to know what's going on there.

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    1. Ick, I wouldn't opt for that hardware removal surgery either!

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  5. That is neat how all the Renegades run like that on their own time but you are out there together!

    I don't know a lot about bone spurs but that sounds painful!

    Have a happy Thanksgiving!

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    1. I really enjoy seeing everyone as we run, even though we're not running at the same pace - it's nice to cross paths and give a thumbs up or high five. :)

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  6. Aw, that baby is too cute, but I think at mile 6 I would have thought "couldn't he be born at 6.5 pounds?!" Love the tradition and hope you had a great Thanksgiving!

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    1. Believe me, I don't know why our Renegade moms keep having these big babies! Mine were 5 lbs 13 oz and 6 lbs, and that would have been a long enough run!

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  7. Logan's growing so fast....and gets cuter all the time.

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